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Forthcoming Day Trips
On all trips the day trip leader will carry mobile phone No. 07960 710975.
Please call this number on the day if you are delayed or cannot attend.
We have tight schedules and try not to delay our departure.
Visit to Hexham Abbey and Vindolanda
Tuesday 21st August, 2018
This month we will be journeying north to Hexham Abbey and the Roman Fort of Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall. In the morning we will visit Hexham Abbey, one of the earliest seats of Christianity in England. There has been a church on the site since AD674 when Queen Etheldreda granted land in Hexham to Wilfrid, Bishop of York. Remarkably, the original C7th Saxon crypt still survives and can be accessed via a narrow staircase. Wilfrid established a Benedictine Abbey, which became one of the most prosperous in England. Superseded by the Augustinian Order in the C11th, the priory church, built between 1170 and 1250, still survives today. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1537, the church continued as the parish church for Hexham 9 and remains today as a centre for community worship. In 2014 a £3 million project was carried out to restore the medieval monastery complex and to create a visitor exhibition centre, function and meeting rooms.
In the afternoon we will visit the Roman Fort of Vindolanda, which was an important Roman base during the time of the construction of Hadrian’s Wall. Dating from between the late 70s and mid 80s, this site continued to be occupied long after the Romans left Britain. It was finally abandoned in the C9th. Archaeological excavations have yielded some of the most exciting discoveries from Roman times. These include thousands of artefacts such as shoes, textiles, wooden goods and, most importantly, writing tablets. Writing tablets were small postcard sized pieces of wood, which were covered with writing. They are some of the earliest examples of written material from Western Europe. The tablets reveal Roman life in all its glory; demands for beer, invites to parties, requests for holidays and even rude names for the Britons. During the course of our visit, there will be an opportunity to see these tablets displayed in “Vindolanda Museum” along with other fascinating finds from the fort. For the last forty-five years, Vindolanda has been a ”live” archaeological site during the summer months and 2018 is no exception. You will have a chance to watch this year’s archaeologists at work and see what interesting discoveries are being made.
Our first visit of the day will be to Hexham Abbey. On arrival, we will have a guided tour of the church and exhibition, which will last about one hour. This will be followed by lunch in the Priory Buildings. Lunch will be a selection of sandwiches and cakes, plus tea and coffee. Please note that, whilst the church is fully accessible, should you wish to visit the Saxon Crypt, there is a very steep stairway.
The coach will depart at 1.45pm for the short journey to Vindolanda (about 20-25 minutes). On arrival, there will be a 20-minute introductory talk after which you are free to explore the remains of the fort, archaeological dig and museum. There are toilets and a café on site – any refreshments to be taken on an individual basis. Please note that the site is mainly on the flat but there could be uneven ground and slippery surfaces. Sensible footwear is recommended. Vindolanda is owned by a Private Trust and is not part of English Heritage.
Ingleby’s coach will pick up at Memorial Gardens, Leeman Road, York, at 8.00am. The journey time will be around 3 hours with a comfort and coffee stop. The coach will depart from Vindolanda at 4.30pm and estimated arrival time back in York at 7.30pm.
The cost of the trip is £36, which includes the coach hire, entrance and guided tour of Hexham Abbey, lunch, entrance and introductory talk at Vindolanda and coach driver’s gratuity.
The day trip leader will carry mobile phone no. 07960 710975. Please call this number on the day if you are delayed or cannot attend. We have tight schedules and we try not to delay our departure.
Tuesday 11th September, 2018
This year’s Mystery Tour is another interesting route through beautiful countryside, which includes coffee in an historic setting at 11am and lunch in a scenic village at approximately 1.15pm.
Cost £35 and booking form with details is available using the Button below.
Ingleby’s Coach leaves Memorial Gardens at 9.20am and Middlethorpe Drive at 9.45am. Return to York by 4.30pm approximately.